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Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

 Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn
Have the munchies? They’re no match for this nutty caramel corn drizzled with melted chocolate. —Kim Forni, Claremont, New Hampshire
20 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 18 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mixed nuts
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate, milk chocolate and/or white baking chips
  • 3 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 250°. Place popcorn and nuts in a greased
  • roasting pan; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown
  • sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium
  • heat; cook and stir 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly
  • pour over popcorn and mix well.
  • Transfer to two greased 15x10X1-in. baking pans.
  • Bake 1 hour or until dry, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt each chocolate separately, adding 1 teaspoon

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Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • shortening to each 1/2 cup chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over
  • popcorn mixture; let stand until set.
  • Break into clusters. Store in an airtight container.
  • Yield: 5 quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 419 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 389 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.